Tamil (Unicode block)

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(128 code points)
Major alphabetsTamil
Assigned72 code points
Unused56 reserved code points
Source standardsISCII
Unicode version history
1.0.061 (+61)
4.069 (+8)
4.171 (+2)
5.172 (+1)
Note: [1][2]

Tamil is a Unicode block containing characters for the Tamil, Badaga, and Saurashtra languages of Tamil Nadu India, Sri Lanka, Singapore, and Malaysia. In its original incarnation, the code points U+0B02..U+0BCD were a direct copy of the Tamil characters A2-ED from the 1988 ISCII standard. The Devanagari, Bengali, Gurmukhi, Gujarati, Oriya, Telugu, Kannada, and Malayalam blocks were similarly all based on their ISCII encodings.


Official Unicode Consortium code chart (PDF)
  0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 A B C D E F
U+0BBx ி
1.^ As of Unicode version 13.0
2.^ Grey areas indicate non-assigned code points


The following Unicode-related documents record the purpose and process of defining specific characters in the Tamil block:

Version Final code points[a] Count UTC ID L2 ID WG2 ID Document
1.0.0 U+0B82..0B83, 0B85..0B8A, 0B8E..0B90, 0B92..0B95, 0B99..0B9A, 0B9C, 0B9E..0B9F, 0BA3..0BA4, 0BA8..0BAA, 0BAE..0BB5, 0BB7..0BB9, 0BBE..0BC2, 0BC6..0BC8, 0BCA..0BCD, 0BD7, 0BE7..0BF2 61 UTC/1991-056 Whistler, Ken, Indic Charts: Devanagari, Bengali, Gurmukhi, Gujarati, Oriya, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam
UTC/1991-057 Whistler, Ken, Indic names list
UTC/1991-048B Whistler, Ken (1991-03-27), "III. L. Walk In proposals", Draft Minutes from the UTC meeting #46 day 2, 3/27 at Apple
L2/01-303 Vikas, Om (2001-07-26), Letter from the Government from India on "Draft for Unicode Standard for Indian Scripts"
L2/01-304 Feedback on Unicode Standard 3.0, 2001-08-02
L2/01-305 McGowan, Rick (2001-08-08), Draft UTC Response to L2/01-304, "Feedback on Unicode Standard 3.0"
L2/01-295R Moore, Lisa (2001-11-06), "Motion 88-M9", Minutes from the UTC/L2 meeting #88, The UTC approves changing the general category type of U+0B83 TAMIL SIGN VISARGA from Mn to Lo.
L2/01-430R McGowan, Rick (2001-11-20), UTC Response to L2/01-304, “Feedback on Unicode Standard 3.0”
L2/05-185 Documentation for KSSA as Non-conjunct Consonant and Conjunct Consonant in Tamil, 2005-07-25
L2/05-180 Moore, Lisa (2005-08-17), "Tamil (C.12.1), KSSA in Tamil (C.12)", UTC #104 Minutes
L2/10-108 Moore, Lisa (2010-05-19), "B.10.15 [U+0B83, U+0BC1, U+0BC2]", UTC #123 / L2 #220 Minutes
4.0 U+0BF3..0BFA 8 L2/01-375R N2381R Umamaheswaran, V. S. (2001-10-11), Proposal to add eight Tamil symbols
L2/01-420 Whistler, Ken (2001-10-30), "d. Tamil sign additions", WG2 (Singapore) Resolution Consent Docket for UTC
L2/01-405R Moore, Lisa (2001-12-12), "Consensus 89-C23", Minutes from the UTC/L2 meeting in Mountain View, November 6-9, 2001
L2/02-112 N2421 Umamaheswaran, V. S. (2002-03-15), Feedback on Tamil Symbols in PDAM2-10646-1 from the INFITT WG on Unicode
L2/02-154 N2403 Umamaheswaran, V. S. (2002-04-22), "7.11", Draft minutes of WG 2 meeting 41, Hotel Phoenix, Singapore, 2001-10-15/19
L2/12-106 Sharma, Shriramana (2012-03-17), "2. Tamil", Request for editorial updates to various Indic scripts
L2/12-147 Anderson, Deborah; McGowan, Rick; Whistler, Ken (2012-04-25), "II. TAMIL", Review of Indic-related L2 documents and Recommendations to the UTC
L2/12-150 Ganesan, Naga (2012-05-01), Tamil credit sign (U+0BF7) glyph shape from Printed Books
L2/12-180 Manivannan, Mani (2012-05-05), Review of Indic-related L2 documents and Recommendations
L2/12-384 Ganesan, Naga (2012-06-11), Comments on Tamil fractions and Tamil credit sign
L2/13-028 Anderson, Deborah; McGowan, Rick; Whistler, Ken; Pournader, Roozbeh (2013-01-28), "19.2", Recommendations to UTC on Script Proposals
N4480 Sharma, Shriramana (2013-09-06), Request to change two glyphs of existing Tamil symbols
L2/17-424 A, Srinidhi; A, Sridatta (2017-12-08), Changes to ScriptExtensions.txt for Indic characters for Unicode 11.0
L2/18-039 Anderson, Deborah; Whistler, Ken; Pournader, Roozbeh; Moore, Lisa; Liang, Hai; Cook, Richard (2018-01-19), "ScriptExtensions.txt changes for Indic", Recommendations to UTC #154 January 2018 on Script Proposals
L2/18-007 Moore, Lisa (2018-03-19), "Action item 154-A120", UTC #154 Minutes, Make script extension changes in version 11.0 as documented in section 6B, pages 6-9 of L2/18-039.
4.1 U+0BB6 1 L2/03-273 Proposal to add Tamil grantha character SHA, 2003-07-29
L2/03-278 Bhaskararao, Peri (2003-07-29), Review of a Proposal placed before UTC bearing No. L2/03-273, Proposal to encode Tamil SHA
N2618 Bhaskararao, Peri (2003-09-14), Review of a Proposal placed before Unicode Technical Committee entitled 'Proposal to add Tamil Letter SHA' (L2/03-273)
U+0BE6 1 L2/04-073 N2741 Kaplan, Michael (2004-02-01), Proposal to add Tamil Digit Zero
5.1 U+0BD0 1 L2/06-184 N3119 Proposal to add Tamil Om, 2006-04-28
L2/06-108 Moore, Lisa (2006-05-25), "C.23", UTC #107 Minutes
N3153 (pdf, doc) Umamaheswaran, V. S. (2007-02-16), "M49.5c", Unconfirmed minutes of WG 2 meeting 49 AIST, Akihabara, Tokyo, Japan; 2006-09-25/29
  1. ^ Proposed code points and characters names may differ from final code points and names

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Unicode character database". The Unicode Standard. Retrieved 2016-07-09.
  2. ^ "Enumerated Versions of The Unicode Standard". The Unicode Standard. Retrieved 2016-07-09.